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December 2019

December 15
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An event every day that begins at 2:00 am, repeating until January 12, 2020

Last supper in Pompeii

Ashmolean Museum, Beaumont Street
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX1 2PH United Kingdom

This major exhibition will tell the story of the ancient Roman city of Pompeii's love affair with food and wine. Located in the sunny paradise of southern Italy, Pompeii was sandwiched between lush vineyards and fertile plains to one side, and the bountiful waters of the Bay of Naples to the other. When the ash from Mount Vesuvius began raining down on Pompeii in AD 79, people were engaged in typical day to day activities: producing, buying and selling food and,…

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December 15 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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Monday - Saturday (no Sundays)

The Last Nöel

The Old Fire Station, 40 George Street
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX1 2AQ United Kingdom
£13 – £17

“We’ll tell the same old stories, all over again. And we won’t complain. Because it’s Christmas.” It’s Christmas Day. Three generations of a family are busy preparing a feast, and you’re invited. But someone is missing from the table. The Last Nöel is a funny, moving, uplifting play with live music and original songs by Chris Bush. Make this a Christmas you’ll never forget. Praise for previous grown-up festive shows at the Old Fire Station: ★★★★★ “A Christmas cracker…warm and funny…Excellent stuff.” – The…

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December 15 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
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The Snow Queen

North Wall Arts Centre, South Parade
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX2 7JN United Kingdom
£23 – £32

“When we get to the end of the story, you will know more than you do now…” This Christmas Creation Theatre will be really turning down the temperature and transforming The North Wall into the frozen wastes of Lapland. Gerda’s best friend Kai has gone missing and she can’t find him anywhere. Luckily there’s all sorts of helpful people she can ask; a river, some rose bushes, a crow, a robber girl and her talking doves…. you get the picture.…

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December 16 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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An event every day that begins at 10:00 am, repeating until January 7, 2020

Jane Duff: Wildsong

North Wall Arts Centre, South Parade
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX2 7JN United Kingdom
Free

The natural world is Jane Duff’s inspiration. Brought up on the edge of Snowdonia, and working as a guide in the Himalayas, she feels at home in wild places and seeks them out in order to walk, photograph and paint. Painting in-situ encourages her to react instinctively and emotionally to the landscape, weather and light. She is most at home painting on rocky shores, cliff tops, saltmarshes and moorlands of Cornwall, Wales and North West Scotland. In Oxfordshire, Jane is…

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December 16 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Bank Holidays Closed

Jane Duff: Wildsong

North Wall Arts Centre, South Parade
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX2 7JN United Kingdom
Free

The natural world is Jane Duff’s inspiration. Brought up on the edge of Snowdonia, and working as a guide in the Himalayas, she feels at home in wild places and seeks them out in order to walk, photograph and paint. Painting in-situ encourages her to react instinctively and emotionally to the landscape, weather and light. She is most at home painting on rocky shores, cliff tops, saltmarshes and moorlands of Cornwall, Wales and North West Scotland. In Oxfordshire, Jane is…

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December 17 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Christmas Carols by Candlelight

Join Spencer Court to sing along to your favourite Christmas carols. Enjoy the festive, candlelit atmosphere and indulge in mulled wine, mince pies and other seasonal treats. Suggested donation: £2.

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December 19 @ 3:00 pm - 5:30 pm
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One event on December 21, 2019 at 3:00 pm

One event on December 22, 2019 at 1:00 pm

One event on December 22, 2019 at 4:00 pm

A Christmas Carol

£43 – £45

Creation Theatre are returning to The Manor at Weston-on-the-Green with the ultimate Christmas theatrical experience. Enjoy an afternoon tea in the beautiful surroundings of The Manor, Weston-on-the-Green, as a heart-warming rendition of A Christmas Carol weaves around you, sure to fill you with festive joy. With just two actors playing all the parts and sumptuous afternoon tea served between acts, this will really get the festive season off to a flying start. It’s also the perfect answer to the age…

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December 19 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
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One event on December 21, 2019 at 7:00 pm

A Christmas Carol

£265 – £269

Creation Theatre are returning to The Manor at Weston-on-the-Green with the ultimate Christmas theatrical experience. Enjoy a three course dinner with an overnight stay as the heart-warming Christmas classic weaves around you. In the beautiful surroundings of The Manor, Weston-on-the-Green, a rendition of A Christmas Carol is sure to fill you with festive joy. With just two actors playing all the parts and dinner served between the acts, this will really get the festive season off to a flying start.…

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December 20 @ 7:30 pm

Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra: Sir Antonio Pappano

Sheldonian Theatre, Broad Street
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX1 3AZ United Kingdom
£5 – £50

Sir Antonio Pappano is as persuasive in Tchaikovsky as he is in Puccini. Covent Garden’s Music Director makes his Oxford Philharmonic debut in this concert featuring Tchaikovsky's gripping symphonic tussle with fate, his Symphony No. 4. Our own Concertmaster Carmine Lauri is the soloist in Glazunov’s gorgeous Violin Concerto, a sweet stream of seamless joie de vivre that will have you asking why you’ve never heard it before. It forms the centrepiece of this Russian feast at the Sheldonian Theatre, for which…

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December 21 @ 6:45 pm - 11:45 pm

Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons – A Festive Audience with Gerald Dickens

Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons, Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX44 7PD United Kingdom
£280.00

Fascinated by the life and works of his great great grandfather, Charles, actor Gerald Dickens created his first one-man show; a theatrical performance of A Christmas Carol. Join Gerald for an immersive dining experience. Anticipate a fresh and modern perspective of light-hearted scenes from the great author’s works, plus diary extracts and observations from those who knew and worked with Charles Dickens himself.

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December 24 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Oxford Bach Soloists: Magnificat – Cantatas for Christmas

New College, New College
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX1 3BN United Kingdom
£18 – £25

Bach’s first Christmas in Leipzig comes with an explosion of festive music. After Advent’s ‘tempus clausum’ (closed period), Bach laid on nine major pieces for his singers and instrumentalists to master, including the Magnificat in E flat major, more commonly heard in its later D major version. First performed on Christmas Day in St Nicholas’s with his very grand Cantata 63, it was repeated on St Stephen’s Day (26 Dec) in St Thomas’s. On the Third Day of Christmas Bach…

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December 31, 2019 @ 6:45 pm - 1:00 am

Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons – New Year’s Eve Gala Dinner and Dance

Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons, Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX44 7PD United Kingdom
£430.00

Celebrate New Year in style at our glittering black tie dinner and dance. Enjoy live music and flowing champagne, followed by Raymond’s exquisite gala dinner. With our spectacular line-up of live entertainment, you’ll be dancing all the way into 2020.

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January 2020

January 14, 2020 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Creative Writing

Oxford Town Hall, St Aldate's
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX1 1BX United Kingdom
Free

Come and try your hand at writing your story or prose maybe poetry or even a play see how your creativity can come on to the page. Come and join this great group

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January 17, 2020 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra: Lisa Batiashvili

Sheldonian Theatre, Broad Street
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX1 3AZ United Kingdom
£5 – £50

Prompted by the death of a child, Alban Berg wrote his tender Violin Concerto ‘to the memory of an angel’. The piece is poised magically between two worlds – rich and worldly, ethereal and mysterious. To play it, we welcome a debut artist of rare integrity and imagination, Lisa Batiashvili. After Berg’s tender concerto and the tantalising torso of Schubert’s ‘Unfinished’ symphony, we hear a Brahms symphony in which private feelings are given public expression. The composer’s fourth may be…

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January 19, 2020 @ 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra: Intimate Letters

£5 – £25

DVOŘÁK      Piano Trio No. 3 in F minor, Op. 65 AVRO PÄRT   Fratres JANÁČEK   String Quartet No. 2, ‘Intimate Letters’ Natalia Lomeiko violin Yuri Zhislin violin Jon Thorne viola Mats Lidström cello Alexander Ullman piano ‘I can hardly think or be aware of anything else,’ wrote Dvořák as he worked on his F minor piano trio. This restless and tragedy-stalked work, for which members of the Orchestra are joined by rising star and Oxford Piano Festival alumnus Alexander Ullman, begins our…

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January 20, 2020 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

The Pastorale Tradition in Music

Ashmolean Museum, Beaumont Street
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX1 2PH United Kingdom
£10 – £12

With Tim Porter, Historian Arcadian landscapes, blue distances, the haunting sounds of a shepherd's pipe. This is one of the most enduring artistic formulae, and composers can match the work of painters and poets all the way from the Renaissance to the Romantics and beyond. Learn how the pastorale tradition renews itself over time.

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January 23, 2020 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Nianhua: The Chinese New Year Print

Ashmolean Museum, Beaumont Street
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX1 2PH United Kingdom
£6 – £8

With Dr Paul Bevan, Ashmolean Museum To celebrate Chinese New Year, this talk will explore the history of the decorative nianhua or New Year picture. Events from China’s past as depicted in the prints will be explained, exciting tales of myth and legend unraveled, and symbolic, hidden meanings revealed. Followed by a viewing of examples from the Museum’s own collection.

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January 23, 2020 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Oxford Beethoven Festival: Jonathan Biss

£5 – £25

BEETHOVEN Sonata No. 15 in D major, Op. 28, ‘Pastoral’ Sonata No. 20 in G major, Op. 49 No. 2 Sonata No. 3 in C major, Op. 2 No. 3 Sonata No. 27 in E minor, Op. 90 Sonata No. 28 in A major, Op. 101 Jonathan Biss piano This concert forms the first in a full survey of the sonatas from different pianists in a recital throughout 2020. 'This could be a Beethoven cycle to treasure' was The Guardian's verdict after…

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January 24, 2020 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Max & Ivan: Commitment

North Wall Arts Centre, South Parade
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX2 7JN United Kingdom
£12 – £14

Say ‘I do’ to the triumphant return of Edinburgh Comedy Award-nominees Max & Ivan, as seen in BBC One’s W1A and heard on BBC Radio 4’s The Casebook of Max & Ivan. Commitment is the TRUE STORY of the unreasonable lengths one best man (Max) will go to give one groom (Ivan) the greatest weekend of his life. It’s a show about dreaming big, growing up, and trying – but ultimately very much failing – to make it in the band. Directed by…

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January 25, 2020 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Doctor Zhivago and the Two Pasternaks

Ashmolean Museum, Beaumont Street
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX1 2PH United Kingdom
£6 – £8

With Nicolas Pasternak and Maya Slater A new translation of Doctor Zhivago by Boris Pasternak has just been published containing numerous illustrations by his father, Leonid Pasternak. The book and the art are presented and discussed by Boris' nephew, Nicolas Pasternak, and picture editor Maya Slater.

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